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Ortho Tri-Cyclen Overdose

Potential symptoms of an Ortho Tri-Cyclen overdose include nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding. However, no serious problems were reported in cases where children accidentally took large doses of Ortho Tri-Cyclen. Overdose treatment, if necessary, will likely involve supportive care, which consists of treating any symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose.

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Overdose: An Overview

Ortho Tri-Cyclen® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription-only birth control pill. The effects of an Ortho Tri-Cyclen overdose may vary, depending on a number of factors, including the age and sex of the person who took the overdose, the Ortho Tri-Cyclen dosage, and whether it was taken with any other substances, medications, or street drugs.
If you happen to overdose on Ortho Tri-Cyclen, seek immediate medical attention.
(Ortho Tri-Cyclen is equivalent to Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol, Tri-Estarylla™, Tri-Linyah™, Tri-Sprintec®, TriNessa®, and Tri-Previfem® birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to each of these medications.)

Effects of an Ortho Tri-Cyclen Overdose

Just as with any birth control pill, an overdose with Ortho Tri-Cyclen may cause nausea and vomiting. In females (even young girls), an overdose may cause vaginal bleeding. In cases of children inadvertently taking large doses of birth control pills, no serious problems have been reported.

Treatment for an Ortho Tri-Cyclen Overdose

It is not known how to best treat an Ortho Tri-Cyclen overdose. Therefore, treatment (if necessary) will likely involve supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. In many cases, treatment may not be necessary, although medical attention is still necessary to rule out any problems.
Even though an overdose is unlikely to cause serious problems, it is important that you seek prompt medical attention if you believe that you or someone else may have overdosed on Ortho Tri-Cyclen.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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